We’ve created a new art installation for the JQ station which will be welcoming visitors to the Jewellery Quarter for years to come. This blog is about the design process and our inspirations behind the artwork.

The artwork showcases the work of Birmingham artists who attended a lino printing workshop by Collette McCann and Beth Ingleton; avid lino printers and designers from Birmingham City University.

The artists were from JQ Heritage Creatives, an art project which first started in lockdown as an online session for Birmingham based artists, with workshops facilitated by multi-disciplinary artist Tom Tyrell, to create art inspired by the history of the Jewellery Quarter. This project was funded and supported by ATHAC, The Hive, JQ Townscape Heritage Project and JQ Cemeteries Project.

Tom Tyrell
Carol Reid

The workshop involved a trip around the Waterstone Lane Cemetery to discover the use of symbols and to seek inspiration for their designs to showcase and celebrate the rich history and beauty in the cemeteries. From sketching in the cemeteries to lino cutting and printing their designs, the artists have each explored a new printing method and together, produced a collection that celebrates the heritage of the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries.

The finished Artwork will be installed soon on Platform 1 – keep an eye out for it’s appearance!

Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries Project

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The Snowflake Trail is over now until Christmas 2023.
120 of you took a Snowflake home for your own tree and 40 people left a message for a loved one on our memory tree. Thank you for visiting and making this event so special
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The Snowflake Trail is back for a 3rd year in Key Hill Cemetery and the weather laid on some real snow for us too!

The trail is free and open to everyone from 18th December until 1st January. Wrap up warm and explore, hunting for wooden snowflakes which hang from some of the trees forming a trail around the cemetery. Add the name of your loved one to our memory tree using the stars and snowflakes provided. Choose a decorative snowflake from the trail to take home for your own tree.

Please take care while walking as paths may be slippery in snowy, icy oe wet conditions. Please visit during daylight hours only.

Share your photos of your snowflake on your tree at home and tag us!

Key Hill Cemetery too far to travel? There are also snowflake trails at Lodge Hill Cemetery (18th Dec- 24th Dec), Lodge Hill Cemetery (18th Dec- 24th Dec) and Sutton Coldfield Crematorium (19th Dec - 24th Dec).
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This project is possible because of funding from: